USC Admissions: Entering Undergraduate Class Statistics

September 27, 2012


University Sees Continued Strong Interest Crossing Ethnic, Geographic and Socio-Economic Boundaries.

September 27, 2012 — The University of Southern California’s entering undergraduate student body is among the most diverse, upwardly mobile and academically talented in the university’s 132-year history, with a record number of students who are the first in their families to go to college.

Average standardized test scores for the incoming class lie in the 95th percentile. About 90 percent of incoming freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and around 10 percent of them were valedictorians. The average GPA of the group was 3.70.

USC received 46,104 applications for 3,021 places in this fall’s freshman class. With this year’s applicant pool, USC’s freshman admission rate was 20 percent.

The class represents a highly competitive and highly diverse group of students, with very broad geographic representation:

● The class ranks among the most ethnically diverse ever enrolled at USC, with 21 percent under-represented minority students, including 6 percent African American, 13 percent Latino, 2 percent Native American/Pacific Islander, and 23 percent Asian students. In addition, 14 percent of matriculating students are the first in their families to attend university, the most ever in a USC entering class.

● Outside California, the leading U.S. states supplying new class members at USC are, in order: Texas, New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington. The most represented places of origin outside the U.S. are: China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, Canada, Taiwan, India and Mexico.

● Overall, 51 percent of newly-enrolled students are from California, with 10 percent international students, representing 51 foreign countries.

“This year’s entering freshman class has set new standards for quality and diversity. The impressive character of this latest group of new Trojans reinforces the fact that USC continues to attract the best and brightest from all over the country and across the world,” said USC Dean of Admission Timothy Brunold. “We have no plans on slowing down; we are already aggressively recruiting students for the entering class of 2013.”

USC enrolls more under-represented minority students (African American, Latino and Native American) than most other private research universities in the country (about 3,300 undergraduates as of fall 2011, or 19 percent of its total undergraduate population). Moreover, USC enrolls more than 4,000 low-income undergraduate students (as defined by Pell Grant eligibility), also more than most private research universities. Most importantly, low-income and under-represented minority students at USC graduate at rates comparable to the overall undergraduate population.

In a recent Princeton Review ranking, USC was again named a top-10 dream school among both college applicants and their parents.

Financial Aid at USC

USC offers admission without regard to ability to pay, and the university meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need of on-time financial aid applicants. Nearly two-thirds of USC’s undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.

USC again increased its undergraduate financial aid budget in fall 2012, providing $247 million in university funds to undergraduates.

Information on USC Admissions is available at www.usc.edu/admission.


Contact: Merrill Balassone at (213) 740-6156 or (213) 740-2215 or balasson@usc.edu

USC Admissions: Entering Undergraduate Class Statistics

September 28, 2011

University Sees Continued Strong Interest Crossing Ethnic, Geographic and Socio-Economic Boundaries.

The University of Southern California’s entering undergraduate student body is among the most diverse, upwardly mobile and academically talented in the university’s 131-year history, with a record proportion of students who are the first in their families to go to college.

Average standardized test scores for the incoming class lie in the 96th percentile. More than 90 percent of incoming freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and around 10 percent of them were valedictorians. Average GPA of the group was 3.72.

USC received 37,210 applications for 2,931 places in the fall 2011 freshman class. With this year’s applicant pool, USC’s admission rate was 23 percent.
 
The class represents a highly competitive and highly diverse group of students, with very broad geographic representation:

●  The class ranks among the most ethnically diverse ever enrolled at USC, with 22 percent under-represented minority students, including 7 percent African American, 12 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Native American/Pacific Islander, and 25 percent Asian students. In addition, 14 percent of matriculating students are the first in their families to attend university, the most ever in a USC entering class.

●  Outside California, the leading U.S. states supplying new class members at USC are, in order: Texas, Washington, New York, Illinois, Florida, and Massachusetts. The most represented places of origin outside the U.S. are: China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, Canada, India, Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia.

●  Overall, 48 percent of newly-enrolled students are from California, with 15 percent international students, representing 44 foreign countries.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with this year’s class of incoming Trojans. Not only are these students incredibly talented, both inside and outside the classroom, but they are a more diverse group by all measures; ethnically, geographically and socio-economically,” said USC Dean of Admission Timothy Brunold. “This fall, our search for next year’s class begins again. We plan to conduct more than 2,000 recruitment visits to high school campuses across the U.S. and in several countries.”

USC enrolls more under-represented minority students (African American, Hispanic and Native American) than most other private research universities in the country (3,216 as of fall 2010, or 19 percent of all undergraduates). Moreover, USC enrolls more than 3,000 low-income undergraduate students (as defined by Pell Grant eligibility), also more than more private research universities. Most importantly, low-income and under-represented minority students at USC graduate at rates comparable to the overall undergraduate population.

Based on the most recent federal data published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, USC also boasts the most diverse faculty among large private research universities in the American Association of Universities. One quarter of USC faculty members belong to a minority group (Black, Latino, Asian or Native American).

Financial Aid at USC

USC offers admission without regard to ability to pay, and the university meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need of on-time financial aid applicants. Almost 60 percent of USC’s undergraduate students receive some form of university aid. This represents more than 9,000 students – more than the total undergraduate population of most highly selective private research universities.
 
USC provides more than $210 million each year of university funds to undergraduates. This year the university raised its budget for financial aid for the third consecutive year in recognition of the effects on families of the global economic recession.

Information on USC Admissions is available at: www.usc.edu/admission.


Contact: Carl Marziali at (213) 740-4751 or marziali@usc.edu